TITLE 92: TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER II: SECRETARY OF STATE
PART 1030 ISSUANCE OF LICENSES
SECTION 1030.150 VETERAN DESIGNATION ON DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD
Section 1030.150 Veteran Designation on Driver's License or Identification Card
a) Definitions. For the purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth in this subsection (a):
"Active duty" – means active duty under an executive order of the President of the United States, an Act of the Congress of the United States, or an order of the governor of any U.S. state or territory.
"Armed Forces" – means any of the Armed Forces of the United States, including a member of any reserve component or National Guard unit called to active duty.
"DVA" – means the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.
"Veteran" – means a person who has served on active duty in the Armed Forces and was discharged or separated under honorable conditions. [15 ILCS 335/5(b)]
b) Effective July 1, 2015, for each original or renewal driver's license or identification card (ID) application, the Secretary shall inquire as to whether the applicant is an honorably discharged veteran. If the applicant is an honorably discharged veteran, the applicant shall be informed that he or she is entitled to have the designation "Veteran" on the face of his or her driver's license or ID card.
c) In order to obtain a driver's license or ID with the "Veteran" designation, an applicant must first contact the Department by personally going to any of DVA's field offices across Illinois to request Confirmation of Status as an Honorably Discharged Veteran.
d) If DVA can confirm status as an honorably discharged veteran, the Department shall affix a stamp to the veteran's DD214, Certification of Military Service (NA Form 13038) or other official Department of Defense discharge document if a DD214 was not issued or is unavailable.
e) The Secretary shall issue an original, renewal, corrected or duplicate driver's license or ID with the "Veteran" designation to applicants who present a DD214 Form 13038 or other official Department of Defense discharge document bearing the Department's fully executed stamp. The applicant shall pay the statutory fee, as required by IVC Section 6-118 to have a "Veteran" designation added to a duplicate or corrected driver's license and Section 12 of the Illinois Identification Card Act 625 ILCS 5/6-118 and added to a duplicate or corrected ID. [15 ILCS 335/12].
f) No less often than once per month the Secretary shall provide DVA with a list of the applicants who were issued a driver's license or ID with the "Veteran" designation since the last list was provided. The list shall contain the full name, driver's license or ID number, date of birth, gender and full social security number of the applicant. DVA shall compare that list to its records of veterans to whom a confirmation form has been issued. DVA shall notify the Secretary if it determines the Secretary has issued a "Veteran" driver's license or ID to an applicant who's DD214, NA Form 13038 or other official Department of Defense discharge document was not certified by DVA.
g) Upon being notified that an applicant has been issued a "Veteran" driver's license or ID without first being confirmed as an honorably discharged veteran by DVA, the Secretary shall notify the applicant in writing that DVA has no record of confirming the applicant's status as an honorably discharged veteran, and shall inform the applicant that he or she has 30 days to appear in person at a DVA office and provide proof of his or her veteran status to the DVA. If, within that 30 day period, DVA notifies the Secretary that upon further review it has determined that the DD214, DVA NA Form 13038 or other official Department of Defense discharge document submitted to the Secretary by the applicant was in fact issued by DVA, the Secretary will take no further action regarding the matter.
h) If the Secretary does not receive notification from DVA within the 30 day period specified in subsection (g) confirming the applicant's status as an honorably discharged veteran, the Secretary shall cite the applicant to appear at a Secretary of State facility within 15 days after the date of the citation to surrender the driver's license or ID card with the "Veteran" designation and be issued a new card without the "Veteran" designation. If the applicant does not appear pursuant to the citation, the applicant's driver's license or ID shall be canceled.
i) An applicant whose driver's license or ID has been cancelled pursuant to this Section may apply for a driver's license or ID without the "Veteran" designation.
(Source: Added at 39 Ill. Reg. 14930, effective October 29, 2015)